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Michel Jourdain Jr back to Indianapolis 500 with Rahal team

Michel Jourdain JrMichel Jourdain Jr will reprise his 2012 Indianapolis 500 appearance with Rahal Letterman Lanigan when he rejoins the team in a third car for this year's race.

The Mexican, who won two Champ Car races for Rahal in 2003, finished 19th at Indianapolis last year.

Team co-owner Bobby Rahal said that the experience will serve as a valuable platform for a better result this time around.

"Last year, for his first race back after a number of years out of an IndyCar, he did a very good job," said Rahal.

"We made a bad pit call last year and let him down, frankly, which put him a lap down.

"He quickly got with the programme at Indy, and was running competitively in the race, and I think that one year later most of the rust is off and he will be much more prepared because he knows what to expect.

"From a car standpoint, we should be even more competitive than we were last year, so I am really pleased to have Michel back."

Jourdain will run alongside regular drivers Graham Rahal and James Jakes, and said that having two team-mates to work with will help him to get up to speed.

"It has been a year since I have been in the car, but I will take the same strategy as last year and build up speed little by little," he said.

"I'm sure the car will be really good, and with it being a three-car team we should be able to progress much faster.

"I'm happy to be working with Bobby and the guys again, as well as with Bruno [Couprie] my engineer, who I worked with last year."

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